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Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov announces agreement reached to de-escalate Ukrainian crisis

An agreement to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine has been reached, announced Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the conclusion of four-party talks with Ukraine, the United States, and the European Union on Thursday in Geneva.
By JC Finley   |   April 17, 2014 at 1:14 PM  |  Updated April 17, 2014 at 1:25 PM   |   Comments

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GENEVA, Switzerland, April 17 (UPI) -- At the conclusion of Thursday's four-party talks on the situation in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced from Geneva that an agreement had been reached to "de-escalate" the crisis.

The agreement, Lavrov said, was accepted by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia, and European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton.

Under the terms of the agreement, all illegal military entities will be disbanded, all occupants of seized buildings must disarm and depart, and all protesters granted amnesty.

Lavrov acknowledged that Ukraine will be responsible for its future and underlined the need for constitutional reform.


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